Defender reflects on his return to the Brentford starting XI
Yoann Barbet knows he must keep working hard and improving if he wants to retain his place in The Bees starting XI. The defender made his first Sky Bet Championship appearance in more than four months on Saturday in the 3-1 win over Preston North End and followed that up by playing 90 minutes against Leeds United in the 1-1 draw four days later. Speaking to Bees Player earlier this week Yoann admitted it had been tough to be out of the team for so long but said he was determined to make the most of his chance now.
“I think I played well in the two games,” said Yoann. “I gave my best because I didn’t play for four months. That wasn’t easy but I am happy about my performances. I can be better so I need to continue to give my best to stay in the team. The coaching staff were saying good things about how I trained but because they didn’t really know me they said it was difficult to put me in the line-up. I played with the Under-21s four times and did well so they said that maybe I was now ready to play. They put me in the team and I tried to do my best to say thank you for that. I need to keep doing well in training and winning games of football. A clean sheet would be good for me and for the team. I just need to keep improving.”
The 22-year-old defender joined Brentford in the summer from French Ligue 2 side Chamois Niortais. Coming from the French Second Division to the English second tier Yoann said the biggest thing he has had to adapt to has been the physicality of the games here in England.
“The aerial duels are more physical and the referee sometimes doesn’t whistle,” said Yoann. “At times you have to commit a foul to win the ball and that was difficult for me in my first game. I am improving with that and I think it is easier when you play a few games in a row.”
Yoann marked his return to the starting XI with an assist in the 3-1 win over Preston North End as his pin-point ball allowed Alan Judge in behind to score. The former France Under-18 international enjoys playing in a footballing side like Dean Smith's and thinks that will help to bring the best out of him.
“I am better with my feet than with my body,” said Yoann. “I am happy because it was a good assist but it was only a good assist because of the great control and finish by Alan Judge. My left foot is my favourite and I have to be good with that because it is my strongest part. Brentford’s style is good for me because we play football not kick and rush. I like to play football and we like to play football. With Josh McEachran and Ryan Woods in front of me it is easier.”
Bees Player subscribers can watch the full interview with Yoann below